Photo: Ryan Howard in Braves Gear Makes Us Sad

Alan Rangel is a pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization. We were previously unaware of who he was until he tweeted a photo of himself alongside Phillies legend Ryan Howard.

The thing is, The Big Piece is rocking Braves gear.

Ugh.

That said, I'm happy for Howard to continue his career and maybe get a shot at another championship (if he gets red hot and eventually traded from the Braves to a contender this summer).

But seeing Howard in another uniform is similar to seeing Chase Utley in a Dodgers uniform for the first time. Or Jimmy Rollins. Or Carlos Ruiz. It just makes us kind of sad.

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Howard inked a minor-league deal with the Braves last week. Some wondered whether RyHo would ever get a chance, but as Corey Seidman pointed out, "Howard was one of 111 major-leaguers who hit 20 or more home runs last season. Other than David Ortiz, who retired, Howard was the only one of those players not on a major-league roster."

Personally, after the shock of seeing Howard in a Braves' uni wears off, I wouldn't mind seeing him in a game at Citizens Bank Park this summer. I'd give him a nice ovation for all of those years of service.

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